(Jackson, Wyo.) - It's the little things that can make a huge difference -- like a simple card and a note of love. This is the thought behind People Spread Love
a local organization that rallies the community to help show people that
they are loved during difficult times.
In the winter of 2014, Heather DeVine was invited to a gathering that
changed her life. She went with a friend to an event where a group of
people made Christmas cards for a little girl in Utah who had a fatal
"Her mother was pretty certain that this was going to be her last
Christmas, so she put on national news that she wanted a lifetime of
Christmas cards for her daughter," said DeVine. "That planted a seed in me.
I wanted to do something."
This past summer, when mass shootings took a toll on the country, one
impacted DeVine greatly. When she went to the grocery store shortly after
hearing the news, she felt a pull to the greeting card section. It took her
an hour and a half to pick out just nine cards.
"I started driving home and thinking that my husband and I would sign the
cards and then I thought that the whole community should sign," said
DeVine. "So I started reaching out to people. I put together a package and
had everyone sign the cards. People added photos, dried flowers, paintings,
etc. They went to nine of the victims' families and loved ones."
That was the beginning of People Spread Love, but things didn't really get
going until this past winter. In December 2015, DeVine hosted the first
official event. Now, just four months later, People Spread Love has
expanded from Jackson to 22 states.
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"People Spread love is a way of letting people know you care about them.
You go to the website and submit love for someone -- whether it is someone
who broke their leg, or someone who went through a divorce, or someone who
is not feeling great these days -- the circumstances don't matter," said
The organization then posts these love requests on the website for people
to send love to. The organization hosts events across the U.S. to help
people who just need a little bit more love. People Spread Love has even
reached outside of the U.S. A 31-year-old mom of two named Yinexa from
Puerto Rico was diagnosed with terminal cancer. DeVine put out an
"emergency love request" and Yinexa received letters from all over the
U.S., plus India and Singapore.
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There are many ways to get involved in People Spread Love -- you can be a
Love Ambassador and host community community, a Love Supporter, where you
throw events with your family and friends, or a Love Sender who makes cards
on their own time for the people who need love.
So far, every love request that People Spread Love has received, they have
fulfilled. Many times, the person needing love receives packages from all
over the U.S. Now, DeVine wants people to know that she can come to private
homes, schools or other organizations who wish to host a People Spread Love
"People Spread Love is meant to show that the community cares about you and
that you are not alone even though you might not have the support at home
or the support in your personal life, that there are other people who care
about you," she said.
"We are really mighty in numbers. We think we are so alone by ourselves,
but if we only knew how powerful we are with numbers, we could do so much.
It is really cool," DeVine added.
Tonight, People Spread Love will be at Roam to make a craft and also spread
some love. The event is at 6 p.m. at 35 S. Glenwood St. in Jackson. More
information on this event is available here
. On Saturday, May
Yoga will host an event from 12 - 2 p.m.
*Feature Photo: Heather DeVine. h/t Heather DeVine / Pitchengine
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